When it comes to the most popular garden edible, many seasoned growers have their particular favorites.
Still, if you are new to gardening or if you have some spare room, it is fun to try some tomato varieties you have never grown before.
Here is a list of just a few of the many tomatoes available. HL refers to an heirloom variety, and F1 to a hybrid.
Ind is an indeterminate type, and Det a determinate tomato.
|Variety||Growth Habit||Description||HL or F1||Use|
|San Marzano||Ind||Long red tapered fruit||HL||Sauces and dried|
|Pink Ox-heart||Ind||Very large pinkish oval fruit||HL||Slicing|
|Early Girl/New Girl||Ind||4-6 oz. early red fruit||F1||Multiple|
|Mortgage Lifter||Ind||large to 1 pound pinkish fruit||Considered HL||Multiple|
|Jersey Devil||Ind||5-6" tapered red||HL||Paste/Sauces|
|Sungold||Ind||Small cherry shaped yellow-orange fruit||F1||Snacking|
|Oregon Spring||Det||Early mid-size cold tolerant fruit||HL||Multiple|
|Marglobe||Det||Medium red fruit||HL||Sauces|
|Green Zebra||Ind||small 3 oz. green striped fruit||considered HL||Salads|
|Cour Di Bue||Ind||Large red heart shaped fruit||HL||Slicing|
|Striped Cavern||Ind||Medium bell pepper shaped red with yellow stripes||HL||Stuffing|
|Eva Purple Ball||Ind||Medium 6oz. round purple fruit||HL||Multiple|
|Pink Brandywine||Ind||Large over 1 pound pinkish fruit||HL||Multiple|
|Pompeii||Ind||Abundant medium-small tapered red fruits||F1||Sauces|
|Black Krim||Ind||Large deep reddish purple fruit||HL||Slicing|
Sources: Personal experience as well as the seed packets we have from Johnny’s Seeds, Renee’s Garden, Seed Savers’ Exchange and Baker Creek.